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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Monks Blocked in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar-- Hundreds of anti-government demonstrators abandoned an attempt to approach the home of Myanmar's detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday after a show of force by police, witnesses said.

A crowd of about 400 people led by monks peacefully gave up their attempt after being turned back at two different approaches, where police had placed barbed wire barricades.

Earlier Sunday, about 20,000 people led by monks demonstrated in Yangon's streets in what appeared to be the country's largest anti-government protest since a failed democratic uprising in 1988.

The group near Suu Kyi's house, including 150 to 200 Buddhist monks, had been turned back at one intersection, and then tried another, where they were confronted by scores of riot police.

Two monks went forward to the police lines to negotiate their entrance, but were apparently rebuffed. They then briefly prayed before walking in another direction, after which the crowd began to disperse, the witnesses said.

The monks had been carrying a large yellow banner saying, "Love and kindness must win over everything."

A group of more than 500 monks and sympathizers had been allowed past barricades Saturday to walk to Suu Kyi's house, where she greeted them from her gate in her first public appearance in more than four years. One of the monks later said she looked "fit and well."